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Formerly known as Decomposition Magazine, decomP (ISSN: 1947-0436) is a monthly, online, literary magazine that was founded in April 2004 by Mike Smith. That fall, Jason Jordan joined the magazine as a book reviewer, and he eventually began reading submissions. In December 2007, Smith stepped down from his position and handed the reins to Jordan, who has been the Editor-in-Chief since. decomP publishes prose, poetry, art, and book reviews, ranging from traditional realism to experimental irrealism, memoir to journalistic nonfiction, formal poetry to free verse, and anything and everything in between as long as it’s good writing. Work in decomP has been recognized by Lake Forest College’s The &NOW Awards: The Best Innovative Writing, the Micro Award, Queen’s Ferry’s The Best Small Fictions, storySouth’s Million Writers Award, Sundress’s Best of the Net, and The Wigleaf Top 50 (Very) Short Fictions. To view the magazine in its intended format, use Google Chrome on a desktop, laptop, or tablet. You can reach the editors via e-mail at


Editor-in-Chief Jason Jordan is an advanced Ph.D. candidate in Fiction at Ohio University. Recently he signed a multi-book deal with Keyhole Press, and his debut with the press is a chapbook titled Pestilence (2013). His other books are The Dying Horse (Main Street Rag, 2012), Cloud and Other Stories (Six Gallery Press, 2010) and Powering the Devil’s Circus: Redux (Six Gallery Press, 2010). Additionally, he reads fiction for the New Ohio Review.

Art Editor Jason Behrends runs the arts and culture site What to Wear During an Orange Alert, which is home to Orange Alert Press and the Orange Alert Podcast. He is also the editor of the Chicago music site The Deli Chicago and curates music for the lit site This Zine Will Change Your Life. When not consuming virtual culture he is the father of four and an Associate Vice President at a local non-profit.

Prose Editor Margaret Patton Chapman is the author of the novella-in-flash Bell and Bargain, published in 2014 as part of the collection My Very End of the Universe from Rose Metal Press. Her very short fiction has appeared in Wigleaf, The Collagist, SmokeLong, and the anthology The Way We Sleep, among others. She’s taught writing as an instructor at The Iowa Summer Writers’ Festival and as a Visiting Professor at Indiana University South Bend, and she lives in Durham, North Carolina. Find more at

Assistant Prose Editor Kawika Guillermo spends his days traversing among Nanjing, Hong Kong, and Seoul. He is currently seeking publication for his novel, which follows a group of queer ethnic American travelers as they confront their own privilege within the tragicomic landscape of modern Asian cities. He has published over two dozen stories in journals like The Hawai’i Pacific Review, Drunken Boat, SmokeLong Quarterly, and Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism & Beyond. Under the name Christopher B. Patterson, he teaches literature, writes articles on Transpacific Anglophone texts, and hosts the podcast New Books in Asian American Studies.

Poetry Editor Christopher Citro is the author of The Maintenance of the Shimmy-Shammy (Steel Toe Books, 2015). His recent and upcoming publications include poetry in Best New Poets 2014, Prairie Schooner, Ninth Letter, Subtropics, Third Coast, Salamander, The Pinch, Salt Hill, Witness, Barrow Street, and Verse Daily, and creative nonfiction in Boulevard and Colorado Review. He received his MFA in poetry from Indiana University and lives in Syracuse, New York. Find him at

Assistant Poetry Editor Steve Castro is an MFA candidate in creative writing at The American University in Washington, D.C. His work is forthcoming or has been published in Latino/a Rising: An Anthology of U.S. Latino/a Speculative Fiction, Grey Sparrow Journal, The Broken Plate, Toad Suck Review, Verse Daily: Web Weekly Features, Spork Press, Penduline, Hobart (print), apt, Paper Darts, etc.

Staff Book Reviewer Spencer Dew is the author of the novel Here Is How It Happens (Ampersand Books, 2013), the short story collection Songs of Insurgency (Vagabond Press, 2008), the chapbook Mont-Saint-Michel and Chartres (Another New Calligraphy, 2010), and the critical study Learning for Revolution: The Work of Kathy Acker (San Diego State University Press, 2011). His Web site is

Former Staff

Brad Green (prose editor), Jac Jemc (poetry editor), Jessica Maybury (book reviewer), Nick Ostdick (book reviewer), Misti Rainwater-Lites (poetry editor), Mike Smith (founding editor), Jared Ward (prose editor)